Saving a place is not only about a meaningful building facing the test of time. It’s also about the people who have related to it throughout their lives and the shared memories that make up their cultural legacy.
In this section you’ll find videos, photos and other documents that tell the story of this remarkable lighthouse and its incredible location in Isla Culebrita, the island that greets the sun.
This is a short documentary (18 min.) produced by Fundación de Culebra which shows the history of this unique place in the world and of the people that lived there. Through personal accounts, residents share their memories along with experts that describe the architectural and historic virtues of the lighthouse.
This is a 42 minute documentary that puts together testimonials and stories of the people of Culebra and their decades-long struggle to give peace back to their island during the years of occupation by the US Navy. Through interviews with residents and historic footage we are able to understand the experiences and memories of the people who helped forge the unique character of Culebra.
Watch aerial drone footage that shows the actual conditions of the lighthouse.
The structure will be turned into a new place for the people of Culebra, a world-class destination for its guests.
Besides bedrooms for researchers and personnel, a small kitchen, storage areas, equipment and medical rooms and laboratory, we’ll have all the necessary infrastructure to bring back life to this place, including water harvesting.
In the areas already impacted around the lighthouse, we’ll be creating zero trace camping platforms, meeting spaces and basic services like compostable toilets and a water harvesting systems.
Shaded resting areas and meeting spaces will also be provided for the enjoyment of the community.
These will provide public spaces to contemplate our landscape in a sustainable way and to educate future generations about the natural treasure that is Culebrita.
Cleaning of the site will be followed by permanent improvements to the access dock, thus ensuring that Culebrita is at everyone’s reach.
A research center focusing on marine and coastal ecosystems, where Culebra residents and volunteer visitors will work hand in hand with scientists.
Guided tour programming complemented with self-guided interpretative signage and exhibitions.
Clearly marked hiking trails around the lighthouse will allow for the appreciation of the impressive views and unique nature of Culebrita.
Facilities for eco-camping and other nature immersion activities that will support the cultural, tourist and economic development in Culebra.
The community will be at the core of all activities and programming, with facilities that will include reception spaces, exhibition areas and a multiuse hall for community use.
Our years of experience designing programming that incorporates our communities and their visitors will guide our activities at Culebrita, including educational offerings such as summer camps and volunteer events.
Because this is a world-class, multimillion-dollar project spanning several years, every donation is very important to us.
You can contribute with in-kind gifts such as construction materials, personnel or pro bono services. There are many ways to support our work!